Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 4, 2015

Unnamed Crater in Elysium Planitia
Unnamed Crater in Elysium Planitia

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

In this impressive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 26th, 2003, and during its 4.951st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (relatively) large portion of the Floor (as well as of the Southern Inner and Outer Rim and a little bit of the North/Eastern Inner Rim) of a - proobably relatively recent (Geologically speaking) - Unnamed Impact Crater located in the Martian Region known as Elysium Planitia.

A large - and, in our opinion, as IPF, very ancient - Landslide is VERY well visible in lower right (Dx) part of the picture; the highly eroded (by Aeolian Action) Central Peak is also visible and a few (ancient as well, but still quite well defined) Gullies can be seen running along the South/Eastern portion of the Inner Rim of the Crater.

Latitude (centered): 1,06492° North
Longitude (centered): 134,03500° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter falsely colored and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19219) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter and then looked down, towards the Surface of Mars), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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